Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
Catasticta flisa dilutior, Medellin,
The genus Catasticta is comprised of
about 90 species, all found in the Andes and in the Cordilleras of
Central America. Many of the species are difficult to identify, due
to the very similar patterns on both wing surfaces.
Catasticta flisa occurs as 13 named
subspecies distributed from Mexico to Colombia, Ecuador and
This is a cloudforest species, found at elevations between about
To be completed.
Males are usually found singly. They often sit wedged amongst small
semi-submerged rocks and pebbles at the edge of shallow streams, or
where small fords cross mountain roads. At these times they are very
reluctant to move, perhaps because the cool water reduces their body
temperature. Females rarely settle on the ground, and are instead
encountered in flight on mountain passes, or when feeding at flowers
at cloudforest / grassland transition zones.